The Sega Girls School Poultry Farm
Thanks to donations to the GlobalGiving Open Challenge in April, along with funding from grants, installation of rainwater capture equipment has begun, and the first campus buildings to be equipped with guttering and storage tanks are the chicken coops!
Construction of the chicken coops was completed in March 2012, and the first batch of 1,000 chicks arrived in April, followed by another 1,000 chicks in June. A good supply of water is essential for the chicks to stay healthy, and so guttering and storage tanks will be installed in the next few weeks.
The Sega Girls School poultry farm will soon be generating an income from the sale of eggs that, along with other businesses, will provide long-term financial self-sustainability. At the same time, the students will participate in managing the poultry farm, learning valuable business skills that will improve their employability.
At 5-6 o'clock morning and night, the students feed the chicks, change and freshen water, observe any other needs and receive instruction from the farm managers about the chicks at their stage of development.
As the students say:
"We are excited about the chicken farm. It will help me know how to have my own farm and I will know about kuku (chickens), what they need and to prevent diseases. I will learn how to sell eggs to make money and how to run a good business"
Hygiene is important for healthy chicks
Caring for the chicks
Getting to know the chicks